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HIV and the Mouth

Other Oral Conditions of HIV Disease The two most common conditions that may not be caused by an infection include dry mouth and small round mouth sores, called aphthous ulcers . Dry Mouth Dry mouth, or xerostomia , is a common condition in HIV disease that may have a variety of causes. HIV disease itself may cause dry mouth because HIV-related salivary disease causes swollen salivary glands (glands in the mouth that produce saliva, or...
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dry mouth,thrush,PCP and anxiety

Dear Doctor:I heard that dry mouth is common in people having HIV(I don't mean under medications). I was wondering it happens at the early stage or late stage and if it is because HIV people have thrush. Is dry mouth the first step to develop...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
Dry mouth or xerostomia is a symptom of HIV infection but not something that would be used as a diagnostic tool. There are many reasons why a person can present with dry mouth including some of those you mention, i.e. anxiety. Every time I lecture... Read more »

follow-up on dry eyes/dry mouth

Dr. Pavia,I came across the dry eyes/dry mouth post which peaked my interest. I have read there is a condition in HIV infected individuals which resembles Sjogren's Syndrome entitled DIFFUSE INFILTRATIVE LYMPHOCYTOSIS. It can occur at any CD4...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
You are correct that patients with HIV can get a Sjogren's like syndrome. it is not, however, common, especially early in disease. However, you seem to be concerned that, even though you have tested repeatedly negative, your dry eyes and dry... Read more »

follow-up on dry eyes/dry mouth

Dr. Feinberg,I came across the dry eyes/dry mouth post which peaked my interest. I have read there is a condition in HIV infected individuals which resembles Sjogren's Syndrome entitled DIFFUSE INFILTRATIVE LYMPHOCYTOSIS. It can occur at any...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Thank you for the link to this specific problem-- I am aware of this site. All I can say to you is what's been said many times before-- If you're HIV negative, you're HIV negative. Not everything in medicine fits into a neat place... Read more »

dry mouth and tongue sores

Dr, i had a in encounter about a year ago now . I've been tested for hiv fives in 10 months time , Allwere negative. But i'd say about 6 months in to the last few tests I've been get tongue sores on the tip of my tonguethere white...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
As you know, it is impossible to offer an accurate diagnosis via this forum, but what you have described sounds very much like recurrent aphthous ulcerations (RAU). One of the factors which has been associated with RAU is stress. Whereas we do see... Read more »
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Posted by paranoiafreak, 1 Reply
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dry mouth

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i'm writing this to ask a question about oral manifestations of hiv infection. I have been fairly sexually active this past year, and back in Feb I had a two day bout of chills with fever and woke up the second day having a night sweat -- fever... Read more »

Dry Mouth, Thrush?

Posted by TheTyger, 3 Replies
One of the symptoms I experienced was a dry mouth lacking in saliva. My mouth felt kind of sticky and burning. Was this thrush? Or is thrush mainly a bunch of white stuff that resembles cottage cheese on the tongue? Could this have been an oral... Read more »

Dry Mouth

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone have a treatment/advice when the combination of ddI and hydroxyurea makes my mouth bone dry and has dropped my blood platelets? Am beginning to find this worrying and uncomfortable. And am a little scared. Please help if you have an idea... Read more »